Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 4-CYL 1981-1995 Repair Information

Turn Signal Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1981-87 Vehicles
WITHOUT TILT WHEEL
  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering wheel as described earlier.
  4.  
  5. On vehicles equipped with intermittent wipe or intermittent wipe with speed control, remove the 2 screws that attach the turn signal lever cover to the lock housing and remove the turn signal lever cover.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wash/wipe switch assembly.
  8.  
  9. Pull the hider up the control stalk and remove the 2 screws that attach the control stalk sleeve to the wash/wipe shaft.
  10.  
  11. Rotate the control stalk shaft to the full clockwise position and remove the shaft from the switch by pulling straight out of the switch.
  12.  
  13. Remove the turn signal switch and upper bearing retainer screws. Remove the retainer and lift the switch up and out.
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To install:
  1. Position the switch in place and install the retainer. Install the retaining screws until snug.
  2.  
  3. Install the shaft into the turn signal switch by pushing it into the switch until it is fully engaged.
  4.  
  5. The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  6.  
  7. Install the steering wheel, as described earlier in this section.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  

WITH TILT WHEEL
  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering wheel as previously described.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tilt lever and push the hazard warning knob in and unscrew it to remove it.
  6.  
  7. Remove the ignition key lamp assembly.
  8.  
  9. Pull the knob off the wash/wipe switch assembly.
  10.  
  11. Pull the hider up the stalk and remove the 2 screws that attach the sleeve to the wash/wipe switch and remove the sleeve.
  12.  
  13. Rotate the shaft in the wiper switch to the full clockwise position and remove the shaft by pulling straight out of the wash/wipe switch.
  14.  
  15. Remove the plastic cover from the lock plate. Depress the lock plate with tool C-4156 and pry the retaining ring out of the groove. Remove the lock plate, canceling cam and upper bearing spring.
  16.  
  17. Remove the switch actuator screw and arm.
  18.  
  19. Remove the three turn signal switch attaching screws and place the shift bowl in low position. Wrap a piece of tape around the connector and wires to prevent snagging, then remove the switch and wires.
  20.  

To install:
  1. Route the wires in their original position and situate the switch against the column. Install the 3 turn signal switch attaching screws. Remove the tape from the connector.
  2.  
  3. Install the switch actuator screw and arm.
  4.  
  5. The remainder of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  6.  
  7. Install the steering wheel, as described earlier in this section.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  

1988-89 Models
WITH STANDARD COLUMN

CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the lower steering column cover on vehicles equipped with a floor shifter



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the wire channel from under the steering column-new channel clips may be needed upon installation



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Fig. Fig. 3: Make sure to pull the correct wiring harness out of the steering column when removing the turn signal switch



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the 3 mounting screws, then lift the turn signal switch out of the steering column housing-standard column



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use the lock plate depressing tool (C-4156 or equivalent) to remove the retaining ring from the steering column

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower steering column cover, if equipped.
  4.  
  5. Straighten the steering wheel so the tires are pointing straight-ahead.
  6.  

If equipped with an air bag, it is imperative that the steering wheel removal and installation procedure in this section be followed.

  1. Remove the steering wheel. For more details, refer to the steering wheel removal procedure located earlier in this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the plastic wiring channel from the under the steering column and unplug the turn signal switch connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hazard switch knob. Remove the slotted hex-head screw that attaches the wiper switch to the turn signal switch.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 3 mounting screws and pull the turn signal switch out of the column.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Lubricate the turn signal switch pivot (entire 360° around the depth of the column hole through which it must be installed.) Use a film of Lubriplate® or the equivalent.
  2.  
  3. Run the wiring through the opening and down the steering column.
  4.  
  5. Position the switch on the upper bearing housing. Install the 3 mounting screws and tighten until snug. Position the turn signal lever (control stalk) to the turn signal switch pivot, then install the screw through the pivot and tighten securely. Be sure that the dimmer switch rod is in the control stalk pocket.
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  7. Install the upper bearing spring, cancelling cam and lock plate. Using tool C-4156, or equivalent, compress the lock plate and install a new retaining ring. Install the hazard warning knob with the screw.
  8.  
  9. Connect the turn signal wires and install the wiring channel.
  10.  
  11. Install the steering wheel and tighten the retaining nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the horn pad.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable and check the turn signal switch and dimmer switch for proper operation.
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  17. Install the lower column cover, if equipped.
  18.  

WITH TILT COLUMN

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with an air bag, the negative battery cable must be disconnected, isolated and a period of at least 2 minutes allowed to pass before working on the system. Failure to do so may result in deployment of the air bag and possible personal injury. Read all air bag precautions in Chassis Electrical before servicing this component.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower steering column cover, if equipped, then remove the plastic wiring channel from under the steering column. If the wiring channel retainers were damaged during removal, new ones will be needed for installation.
  4.  
  5. Straighten the steering wheel so that the tires are pointing straight-ahead.
  6.  

If equipped with an air bag, it is imperative that the steering wheel removal and installation procedure under in this section is followed.

  1. Remove the steering wheel. For more details, refer to the steering wheel removal procedure earlier in this section.
  2.  
  3. While pushing the lockplate down with the depressing tool (Tool C-4156 or equivalent), pry out the retaining ring from its groove and remove the tool, ring, lockplate, cancelling cam and spring.
  4.  
  5. Position the turn signal lever in the right turn position. Remove the screw which attaches the link between the turn signal switch and the wiper-washer switch pivot. Remove the screw which attaches the hazard warning switch knob. Remove the 3 screws attaching the turn signal switch to the steering column.
  6.  
  7. Remove the hazard switch and turn signal switch assembly by gently pulling the switch up from the column while straightening and guiding the wires up through the column opening.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Run the wiring through the opening and down the steering column.
  2.  
  3. Position the switch in the upper steering column housing. Place the switch in the right turn position, then install the 3 mounting screws and tighten until snug. Place the link in position between the turn signal switch and the wiper-washer switch pivot, then secure it in place with the retaining screw.
  4.  
  5. Install the upper bearing spring, cancelling cam and lock plate. Using tool C-4156, or equivalent, compress the lock plate and install a new retaining ring. Install the hazard warning knob with the screw.
  6.  
  7. Connect the turn signal wires and install the wiring channel.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering wheel and tighten the retaining nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the horn pad.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable and check the turn signal switch and dimmer switch for proper operation.
  14.  
  15. Install the lower column cover, if equipped.
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